As I read an email telling me about this competition, I was on a bus coming home from work, beside me were some students (from another school) talking about the teachers they are going to have next year. "She is such a bad teacher. She is so boring. She hates life and hates children" complained a young boy. It made me think about what teacher's jobs are all about and how important it is to put that little piece of magic into every lesson. Not for students to like us, but for students to enjoy learning and want to come back the next day for more.
Primarily, I put magic into my lessons by building relationships with my students. They need to know you respect them and they will respect you in return.
It is also key to give a lesson a context, especially a context in which students can relate to. As I started this email I tried to give you some context by telling a story to make the following information meaningful and engaging. I also do this in my lessons to add that little piece of magic and intrigue.
Finally my lessons are all about catering to individual students. I consider their ability, interests and strengths to plan engaging activities that makes learning accessible to everyone.
A little bit of magic goes a long way. It not only helps students to learn but engages their minds and can create a lifelong passion for learning new knowledge and skills.
I only hope that the students on the bus have a teacher next year with a little bit of magic up their sleeve.